Making it Visible: Shedding Light on What Happens Beyond the Book

Multiple choice: Your kid came home singing in English and you: a) record a video and share it in the family group chat b) congratulate their English teacher c) believe the school’s bilingual program is a success d) try to find the song in the coursebook   A school is a place filled with stimuli,...Read More

Competências Digitais docentes: o que eu preciso saber sobre isso?

Julci Rocha * Eu sou uma cidadã brasileira de 43 anos que viveu sua infância e adolescência na periferia de São Paulo. Mesmo tendo uma condição financeira desfavorável, tive acesso ao universo dos computadores já na infância, com um microcomputador que meu irmão mais velho ligava na televisão e ensaiava seus primeiros programas. No ensino...Read More

Cooperative Learning and the Language Classroom

Cooperative learning is a method where students work in small groups to reach a common learning goal with the guidance of the teacher.  Cooperative learning strategies can be used in different school contexts if they fulfill the following principles: positive interdependence, individual accountability, equal participation, face-to-face interaction, group processing, and effective group / social skills. ...Read More

My Innovative Teaching Dilemma

Last month, we talked about the innovator teacher’s dilemma, and I would like to share my innovative experience with you.  I’m sure you have already heard of: Cross over teaching,  Teaching through smart boards, Flipped classrooms Collaborative Teaching Using Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)  Technology and innovative methods of teaching And more Are...Read More

The innovator teacher’s dilemma

Are you tired of listening or reading about how innovative teachers must be in the classroom? Especially now, during and after the covid-19 (years 2020 – 2021) when we were forced to reinvent ourselves and our classroom? Why are you tired of it? Maybe because it is tiring to be always looking for different ways...Read More

Online Lessons – Using Communicative Language Teaching  – Part 2

Coronavirus day 3.648: It feels like that, right? At least, it does for me.  Since this has all begun and we started teaching remotely, I have been re-reading all my academic books, trying to find various other approaches and/or methods for dealing with “emergency remote teaching” in a way that lessons will be meaningful, not...Read More

Why Are We Beating Around The Bush?

The musical hit series Glee aired between 2009 and 2015. I remember watching it and thinking to myself: “What a wonderful and necessary series!”. Like most of Ryan Murphy’s work, there’s a lot of representation in it. And the fact that it focuses on teenagers making through high school makes it even more special as...Read More

Are We to Blame For Our Teenage Students’ Indiscipline?

It’s expected that experienced teachers’ classes will be more peaceful and freer of problems than novices’. But let’s be honest: no matter how long you’ve been working in ELT (English Language Teaching), there will always be difficulties, since we are dealing with people. That alone already means facing the unexpected on a daily basis, not...Read More

OMG! My Teenage Student is Better Than Me!

It’s the beginning of a new term. You’re chosen to teach an upper-intermediate/advanced group. You’re excited to meet your new students, you plan a welcome activity so as to start off with the right foot. You enter the room, start the class and ask your new students to introduce themselves. And suddenly one particular student...Read More
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